Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Beauty and the Beast (2017) Review

Beauty and the Beast

Release Date: 23rd March 2017 - Australia 

Production Companies 
Walt Disney Pictures
Mandeville Films

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia 

Genre: Family/Musical

Rating: PG

Runtime: 129 minutes

Budget: $160,000,000

Box Office Gross: $1,263,521,126 (Worldwide)

Plot Summary
When Belle goes looking for her
father, Maurice, she finds him
imprisoned in a tower within a
dark castle by the Beast. She
offers herself as a prisoner in
exchange for her father's

She finds to her amazement
that the inanimate objects in
the castle are alive, and can
talk. She makes friends with
them and is told that the Beast
is not as terrible as he appears.
She slowly gets to know the
frightening creature, just as the
townsfolk are preparing to rescue her.

Emma Watson - Belle
Dan Stevens - Beast
Luke Evans - Gaston
Kevin Kline - Maurice
Ewan McGregor - Lumière
Stanley Tucci - Maestro Cadenza
Emma Thompson - Mrs. Potts
Ian McKellen - Cogsworth
Gugu Mbatha-Raw - Plumette
Audra McDonald - Madame Garderobe
Nathan Mack - Chip
Josh Gad - LeFou
Hattie Morohan - Agathe/Enchantress
Adam Mitchell - Young Prince
Haydn Gwynne - Clothilde
Gerard Horan - Jean the Potter
Adrian Schiller - Monsieur D'arque
Harriet Jones - Queen
Henry Garrett - King
Zoe Rainey - Belle's Mother
Daisy Duczmal - Baby Belle
Jolyon Coy - Young Maurice 
Director - Bill Condon
Based on Fairy Tale - Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont (Uncredited)
Screenplay - Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos
Executive Producers - Don Hahn, Thomas Schumacher and Jeffrey Silver
Producer - David Hoberman
Co-Producers - Steve Gaub, Jack Morrissey, Greg Yolen and Alexander Young
Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager - Jeremy Johns
Creative Consultants - Gary Trousdale
and Kirk Wise
Production Designer - Sarah Greenwood
Costume Designer - Jacqueline Durran
Special Makeup Effects Designers - Dave and Lou Elsey
Director of Photography - Tobias A. Schliessler
Choreography - Anthony Van Laast
Special Effects Supervisor - Paul Corbould
Special Effects Co-Supervisor - Gareth Wingrove
Visual Effects Supervisors - Kelly Port
and Glen Pratt
Songs: Music/Score - Alan Menken
Songs: Lyrics - Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Film Editor - Virginia Katz 

In 2017, there are two anticipated movies that are currently grossing in the box office as they are yet to finish screening in theatres. The first of these movies was the remake of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Because it was hyped and follows the success of Disney's previous live-action iteration of THE JUNGLE BOOK (click here). This newly enchanted version is a much preferable film than the feature-length adaptation of POWER RANGERS. The new Beauty and the Beast film is surprisingly faithful to the story-line of the animated incarnation that was made 26 years ago during the Disney Renaissance. It's almost as magical but not as simplistic as the original 1991 film, the music and singing in the new release does not match the original well known and loved compositions. The whimsicality is also toned down for the remake and a few subplots and new songs were added to the movie for its newfound invigoration.

Emma Watson has done a great job in moving away from her fame of HARRY POTTER as the bookworm of a beauty Belle. She has an excellent singing voice and was trained by the actress that originally voiced Belle in Disney's original version. Dan Stevens was wonderfully clever in his CGI form as the monstrous Beast. Luke Evans was good at being the vain and arrogant Gaston, even though his character is not like the one we see from the animated feature. Even Ewan McGregor, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson have their moments as being the other characters. The visuals are outstanding and seemed more advanced than the 2D animation.

The remake of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was darker and more complex than the original version which was lighthearted and tame like any Disney animation before. It's not lazy, nor dull and fans may grow tired of Disney's trend of remaking their classics. Even the forthcoming version of THE LION KING isn't going to be any better and it will forever haunt the fans of the original. Overall, I did get to enjoy it while in theatres, it stands as a semi-decent and must-see film.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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